Hipcamp host Jon H.
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Covid update...we are charging more for our camping starting May 1. Since Hipcamp does not offer a cleaning fee, we are adding it to the nightly cost and requiring a two night minimum rental. That will pay for spraying down the tables, grills, and fire pits with disinfectant between campers. Generally we get campers on weekends so that will allow more time for for any viru


Covid update...we are charging more for our camping starting May 1. Since Hipcamp does not offer a cleaning fee, we are adding it to the nightly cost and requiring a two night minimum rental. That will pay for spraying down the tables, grills, and fire pits with disinfectant between campers. Generally we get campers on weekends so that will allow more time for for any virus to be killed naturally. We hope you understand and support this effort. And if you really want to support my neighbor who is struggling as her cleaning business for condos has been all but shut down, you could leave a tip on the table under a rock or something. For those returning campers, thank you for supporting us. 🤠 South Park..... star lit skies, mountain views, and protection from wind. Our camping area is quiet. You have 40 acres to roam on our ranch. And we are a bike ride from the National Forest. It is an enchanting place my kids grew up visiting as their special camping site. There are two campsites located in separate wooded areas with 1/4 mile of grassland between. You will have no noisy neighbors. So to maintain that feeling, please keep in mind sound carries to the point you can hear casual conversations across the valley. This is an area with neighbors that like privacy and quiet time after dark. If you are planning a loud party, go to the BLM land. NO GUNS OR FIREWORKS! Night stars are so vivid on moonless nights. Coyotes howl in the distance and antelope are commonly seen in the area. We are very close to several types of Colorado adventures. Hiking, fishing, climbing, rafting, boating and hot springs resorts are within an hour's drive. Cool nights and warm days are the norm compared to nearby Summit County. And when the wind blows, as South Park is famous for, you will be amazed how still it is surrounded by 800 year old Bristlecone Pine trees. Please respect our trees. They have been here since before Columbus. And when you get settled in, imagine Native Americans camping in your spot as their tribesmen drive buffalo up the open draw. With bows drawn they wait concealed in the trees. Or from the book, Bayou Salado, imagine the Spanish explorers here, the French trappers, and later Kit Carson avoiding a skirmish between the Arapaho and Ute.  This is basically back country camping on a private sanctuary. Bring all your toys or just yourself. Think South Park, because it is, well, South Park, a land as big as Connecticut. Find out why we were voted one of the best camps in Colorado


Look up "Clearing in the Aspen." It is a third site opened this summer. It is more suited for large groups with several tents or RV's or larger camper trailers with a pull through parking area. 

Site 1 - There is a four burner gas grill with side stovetop and gas fire pit. There is also a large picnic table. Bring you own 25 lb gas bottle.  It has a drive through driveway through an ancient Bristlecone Pine forest for trailers up to 24 ft. and enough space for several tents.  It is well  tucked into the trees for shade and wind break. If your trailer is too long, there is space among the forest edge to park.

Site 2 - Rock outcrops, fantastic views of the Continental Divide through Aspen and pine forest and leveled tent spaces for 3 tents. You are sheltered from the wind, but not quite as much as Site 1. A camper trailer would have to park in the parking area and be able to back in or out with a 4WD vehicle. There is a gas fire pit and a gas grill. Bring your own propane tank. Also, there is a table and chairs and a fire ring. This was our first permanent camp spot. Our teepee was set up here for years above the stone fire pit, as the place we would love to build. 

To describe my camping there June 5, 2018. I arrived with my packing goats and set them out to forage. I set up camp and had a couple of beers before the late evening twilight. I was watching the sun fade on the snow covered peaks in the distance. Had dinner and watched the intense stars overhead after dark. The SILENCE is DEAFENING! No cars, no planes, no air conditioner hum, no human generated sound. In the morning the songbirds wake you up. Later the wind begins to whisper through the trees. Later the trees are wavering overhead and you know it is howling over the surrounding plains. But it is relatively still in the woods. That is why the campsites are buried in the trees. Before I left the next day, I walked through the aspens mixed with Bristlecone Pine and marveled at the wildflowers that cover the ground with a carpet of tenacious plants. They have a fleeting moment of beauty and continue through the year, conserving the precious water they get mostly as snow in winter. I pass a couple antelope on the driveway going out. Down the hill, the neighbor's horses are galloping across the grassland away from my noisy truck. South Park........give the other drivers a little wave from the steering wheel as you drive by. They still like to know there are neighbors around. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Jon a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Spinney Mountain Res. is 12 miles away.


Spinney Mtn, Eleven Mile, and Taryall Reservoir are nearby. Also headwaters of the South Platte flyfishing.


Hiking our 40 acres includes meadows and forests with a mix of Aspen, Spruce and Pine. The Bristlecone Pine are over 800 years ...Read more


Browns Canyon is an hour away.

Off-roading (OHV)

There are many county and private roads in the area going to the National Forest roads. My neighbor goes riding every weekend.


Indian Mountain and Eagle Rock are 30 minutes away by gravel and dirt roads. Check Google Maps.

Whitewater paddling

We are about one hour by car from Browns Canyon National Monument rafting. Johnson Village rafting companies are 45 minutes by...Read more

Wildlife watching

Dear, Elk, Antelope cross through our property.

Horseback riding


Natural features you'll find at South Park Forest and Plains in Colorado.


Our edge forest is a mix of several forest zones. We have a mix of and Bristlecone Pine, Limber Pine that grow up to timberline...Read more


We are about 1/2 hour from Spinney Mtn. and Eleven Mile Reservoirs. We are about an hour from Tarryall Reservoir by back roads ...Read more


We are surrounded by mountains. There are several wilderness areas nearby. The mountain views are amazing along with a dark sky...Read more


Our land is a mix of prairie and forest. We are in South Park, inspiration the TV show. If you visit the local bars, you would...Read more

River, stream, or creek

We are near many fly fishing creeks.


Our land is on open range so be prepared for livestock if they are coming through. Also protect your food from bears.


Our land is on open range so be prepared for livestock if they are coming through. Also protect your food from bears.

Hot spring

The vibe at South Park Forest and Plains

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Hipcamper Faith
Faith S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 16th, 2018

The drive into Jon's property is gorgeous. The camp site was clearly marked and had ample room. We were thrilled to see that he even set up the gas fire pit in our camping area for us in addition to the gas grill- super helpful for the fireban! We truly enjoyed our experience and the ease of the trip due to Jon's efforts! Would totally stay again, very satisfied! Thanks for making the birthday party memorable.

Hipcamper Jon
Response from Jon, the Host, on July 16th, 2018

Thank you Faith. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. Maybe with some rain we can enjoy real campfires again.

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Hipcamper Paul
Paul O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 2nd, 2018

Such a beautiful, peaceful campsite. You won't hear or see anyone during the whole time you are there except for some horses. Directions were perfect. Can't wait to return.

Hipcamper Jon
Response from Jon, the Host, on July 16th, 2018

Glad you enjoyed your stay. My family always enjoyed camping at the ranch on busy weekends as we were quite alone. And we live in Summit County. Sometimes you just have to get away.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 11th, 2018

A nice, peaceful site. I stayed for one night, so I didn't really need to leave the camp. The property is big enough that you can stroll (not hike) around for an hour or two. Thanks for sharing your family's special camping spot.

surrounded by trees for shade and protection.  The wind (which is wicked in this area) never touched my tent.sunset over the huge adjacent valley.   Campsite is in the trees on the left.my tent just before the stargazing show
Hipcamper Anna
Anna M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 29th, 2018

We stayed at site 1 with our hard side pop-up trailer (20ft long) and it was great. Definitely recommend booking site 1 (and not 2) if you have a trailer since site 1 has a pull-through drive. The site was clean and had a nice propane grill and a small propane fire pit (we brought our own propane) and a picnic table. We had a nice time walking around the property and exploring one morning. The camp site was in a nice windless spot among trees. We did see some people passing through the property and heard some shooting from an adjacent property during the day (not really bothersome) but all was quiet and peaceful at night. Overall this was a great place to camp and we hope to come back sometime next season. Thanks Jon!

Hipcamper Brandon

Breathtaking views and retreat

Brandon F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 10th, 2019

This camp was awesome!! Great location, views and amenities on site.

Hipcamper EB

Serenity and stunning views!

Eb W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 17th, 2019

Gorgeous views and very, very secluded! We brought our little pop up and 3 children and they loved it. The weather was mild, a few sprinkles at night, but no wind at all. Tons of mosquitoes but we wear essential oil repellent that worked just fine.

It felt like we were the only humans for miles (there’s a house in viewing distance but other than that, it’s just you, the land, and the big sky!)
The views of the mountains are 360 and absolutely breathtaking! If you want to get off the beaten path, have a nice little site you can pull up to, and be dazzled with stunning views, camp here!

Pulling a camper?

I do recommend this site but I want to advise others that the road off Elkhorn was very, very deeply rutted basically the whole way, so much so that we were not at all sure we’d be able to make it (or be able to turn around) in our minivan pulling a little pop up. 4x4 would not make a difference if your camper (or vehicle) has low clearance. I was surprised we weren’t given advance notice because the weather wasn’t inclement or anything, and I told Jon what were driving/pulling. We’re half crazy optimists and my husband is a country driver so we just made it happen! But it was harrowing at times.

By the time we got to the property, I couldn’t exactly tell were site 1 was, after we drove past 2 and then 3, and with the road situation we decided to use site 2 since we could tell it wasn’t rutted. The views were spectacular! It was not windy at all so it was really peaceful and serene.

However I do not recommend site 2 for campers, even tiny pop ups, because the driveway is on a slope and it took quite a bit of rigging to make it even doable, and we still slept at quite a tilt.

Other than that, I couldn’t recommend the property more for secluded back country camping for all ages! Jon has improved the sites just enough to make camping enjoyable and accessible, but left everything pristine and beautiful.

Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 25th, 2018

Nice area, good amount of shade, fun areas for the kids to explore. Would come back again.

Hipcamper Jon
Response from Jon, the Host, on June 25th, 2018

Great family with a wonderful attitude towards camping.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 23rd, 2018

Directions were perfect. Having a gas grill and fire pit during a fire ban was great. Definitely recommend this camp site. Easy drive from Denver.

Hipcamper Jon
Response from Jon, the Host, on August 20th, 2018

Thanks for the nice review, Andrew. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Now that the fire restriction is only phase 1, we can now have fires in the steel fire ring. Come back and enjoy a real fire!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Dana
Dana G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 25th, 2020

Very private


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